Hit magicButton and your Treo headset
A few months ago I mentioned how an application called Freedom could be used to transform most corded headsets with a call answer button (particularly Seidio’s 2in1 Retractable one) into a remote control for pausing or skipping music tracks with Pocket Tunes.
However, Freedom had not been specifically designed for this purpose so it felt like a bit of a ‘hack’ instead of a proper customized solution and at $14.95 it could also be thought of as a bit pricey. However, the developer took my comments to heart and shortly after my post began to write a new application called magicButton which I helped to design that would work exclusively to provide remote control functions for Pocket Tunes.
Since I listen to mp3’s on my Treo on a daily basis with Seidio’s 2in1 Retractable headset, magicButton has become an absolutely essential application for me. So much so in fact that now that I’ve gotten used to it I can’t imagine trying to listen to music without it. I actually recently had the unfortunate experience to have been unable to use MagicButton for a couple of weeks because of an unrelated conflict on my Treo and I couldn’t have missed an application more – thank heaven it’s working again now.
magicButton ($9.95) is an extremely simple application with two screens (above) which allow you to enable the basic configuration as well as the headset button setup. Although we don’t _yet_ have a proper remote control with all of the Play, Forward, Rewind, etc buttons (I hope that someone at Palm is listening), MagicButton enables a single button on the headset with multiple functions so that in my case a single press will Pause my music. You can choose your own button press actions and additionally you can preset the seconds to Forward/Rewind which is great if you listen to podcasts or audiobooks and want to quickly jump forward in say 60 second increments.
As I mentioned, the two elements that MagicButton works in combination with are a button headset such as my Seidio 2in1 Retractable ($34.95) below (which also has the advantage that I can switch from music to answer a call) and naturally Pocket Tunes which I recommend as the best available digital music player for our Treo. There is no additional setup whatsoever required in either the headset or PTunes to make MagicButton work.
If you already own this or another of Seidio’s button headsets or use Pocket Tunes on a regular basis then magicButton should without a doubt become an indispensable item on your shopping list. If you’ve never experienced this setup I can assure you that you’re seriously missing out and that you won’t be disappointed if you try it now.
Treonauts always have the best music on the go…